[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 127 (Thursday, July 27, 2017)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
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IN HONOR OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE JFK MEDICAL CENTER
HON. FRANK PALLONE, JR.
of new jersey
in the house of representatives
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Mr. PALLONE. Mr. Speaker, it is my great honor to extend heartfelt
congratulations to the JFK Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey, as it
celebrates 50 years of industry-leading innovation, research and high-
quality patient care.
In 1961, Edison Mayor Anthony Yelencsics launched an effort to
establish a hospital that would provide residents of Edison, Metuchen,
and Woodbridge with high quality, accessible care--as well as good,
A year later, more than 200 women joined together to form the JFK
Auxiliary, which was charged with aiding fundraising for the project
through activities like luncheons, fashion shows, and card parties.
Within six years, the $5.6 million needed for the project was raised
through large gifts from local businesses, civic and social
organizations, and tireless efforts by the JFK Auxiliary and other
township residents soliciting donations door-to-door. Notably, Edison
Township ensured the project's success by pledging $100,000 and
donating the 37-acre property where the hospital resides today.
JFK Medical Center opened its doors to the community on August 7,
1967 with 206 beds and 450 dedicated employees, including compassionate
nurses, technicians, and administrators. From the beginning, JFK
established itself as an industry innovation leader, using new
computerization for patient records, private and semi-private rooms, a
meditation room, and visitor rooms on every floor.
Over the next 50 years, JFK Medical Center evolved into one of
Central New Jersey's most trusted hospitals, receiving nationwide
recognition for its innovation, world-renowned research, and industry-
leading quality of care.
JFK's emergency department, the largest in the state, has been
awarded the Outstanding Private EMS Agency Award by the New Jersey
Department of Health. The JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute has been
named a “Top Hospital” by U.S. News & World Report--an award bestowed
upon only 148 hospitals out of nearly 4,800 across the country.
In 2016, JFK's oncology program was awarded the Outstanding Achievement
Award by the American College of Surgeons.
Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the residents of New Jersey's Sixth
Congressional District and the state of New Jersey, I recognize JFK
Medical Center and its dedicated staff for 50 years of exemplary
service, cutting-edge innovation, and industry-leading quality of care.